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Welcome. My name is Lisa and I live on a farm in Northeastern PA. I have a wonderful husband of over 30 years and two fabulous sons. One with a wonderful wife and another with a wonderful girlfriend. I have a 6 year old granddaughter and an 4 year old grandson. We have a dog, two cats, and 5 horses. I started into this art as a possible scrapbooker until my good friend Lou Ann (SCS Crooked Stamper) invited me to a Stampin' Up party. Now I'm hooked. We had to turn a room of our home into a craft room for all my stuff. Then I needed a second craft room and did classes. Then I decided to open an in home store using three more rooms of our home. Between Lou Ann (Crafter and IT department) and Mary Ann (Crafter and Jewelry department) and a few other friends, I'm having the time of my life!!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Believe or Tim's December 2016 Technique Remix

I can't believe that it's been 12 months of the Technique Remix.  What a blast it was.  Especially when we got together with friends every month to do them.  And a HUGH kudos to Lou Ann McGuire (Splitcoaststamper Crooked Stamper - check out her blog) for teaching us all year long That's 24 techniques!  If you didn't have the pleasure of working with Lou Ann on these projects, hop on over to Tim's Blog to see what techniques he has for the month.
And if you didn't know, all linked products are 20% off!!!!!!


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Wishes

'Twas the week after Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, except for Lisa, who was trying to get her cards uploaded.

Well, I did get a bit of creating done, and much thanks to Maja Design for their "I Wish" paper collection for the inspiration.

With their Ephemera paper there are 6 images for cardfronts, 8 postage stamps, 1 sentiment and, as always with Maja Design, an extra strip along the bottom of the paper with additional goodies.  In this case, it's the adorable "Christmas Greetings" on the tag.  The card almost made itself.

Using a white cardstock base, the next layer up was some green paper from the "I Wish For Peace and Joy".  I distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz Distresser, then gutted it because I knew with all the layers I had to cut down on the weight.  The next was a little corner of red is the "I Wish Christmas Was Today" paper.  Again, little weight.  The next layer is from "I Wish For Frosty Mornings" paper.  I wet my finger and ran it along the edges to soften the fibers and curled the paper inward.  Then a rolled the upper left corner and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The focal image is from the Ephemera paper and I mounted on some of the gutted green.  I used the red plaid again, and put a on a tiny tag and flower.  That sentiment is from the extra strip I told you about.  I wrapped twine around three fingers three times and tied it in the middle with another piece of twine with a tiny jingle bell in the middle.  I used glue dots to attach it to a little strip of brown and white gingham from the "I Wish You A Merry Christmas" paper.  Also from that paper came the little sleigh in the white resin frame.  I used scraps of cheesecloth and lace too!

Here's another one that just has a different focal image and framed resin picture.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and TFL!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Autumn or Tim's November 2016 Technique Remix

Well, after making those beautiful dresses, I needed some grudge in my like, and what a perfect opportunity than with Tim's 2016 Challenge.

You can check out Tim's November Technique Remix here.  At The Craft Shack we have our own Lou Ann aka Crooked Stamper and you can check her fabulous creations out here.  She get's all the techniques and materials we need together thenwe spend an evening of so much fun.  And we all make it a point to NEVER do what someone else has done, so we really have to put our thinking caps on.  I'll list and link the supplies I used and the technique.....well.....you can't get Lou Ann, just read Tim's instructions.

P.S. A little shout out to the Thin Black Foam Squares...if you have never used black pop dots, you've got to try them.  I just love them.  And here's how you can get a few for FREE!!!  Like The Craft Shack on facebook, go to The Craft Shack’s on line store, at the bottom of the page click on “Contact Us”, enter your name, email, then in the comment section add youraddress and type “Free Sample.  The first 25 people will get a strip of the squares to use on their next project.  You'll be amazed when you look at your project from the side and NOT see all those white pieces.  A must for Tim Holtz tags.  



Friday, November 25, 2016

Pretty Maids All In A Row

My youngest son recently proposed to his girlfriend and she had asked my to help her make some things to give to her bridesmaids when she asked them to celebrete their special day.  The wedding colors will be pink, ivory, and gold.  She bought some beautiful boxes of pink and gold and padded it with ivory and gold crinkled ribbon.  We etched some wine glasses, thanks to Mary Ann Hicks (Thanks Mary Ann!) with the first inital of each girls name.  She bought those 100 carot ring pops and a lovely cookie and a hair tie that said "To Have and to Hold....Your Hair Back"  I wanted to do something with Tim Holtz's dress form and made a couple different dresses to show Jerika.  When she could decide and said to maybe make a couple styles I was in crafter's heaven.  So each one is different.  But as I was making them, I just kept hearing the Eagles singing Pretty Maids All In A Row.  

To make them I just die cut the form in chipboard (you have to angle the chipboard so it fits), gesso and painted them in gold.  Attached some double sided 1/4" Scor tape to the waist.  Gathered the skirt and layed on the tape.  I gave them all different tops, sashes, and jewels and a couple even had an extra layer of lace.  The necklaces are all different.  One is a single pearl with a gold thread chain, another had a choker of pink pearls.  And alot of stuff came from my stash.

Hope you enjoyed it!

And stuff from my stash

Monday, October 24, 2016

Uncaged Bats or Tim Holtz's October Technique Remix.

Hi All!  It's another month of Tim's Technique Remix and this month it was Patchwork Collage and Sizzix Monster.  Well, the patchwork was no problem, but I didn't have the monster head die, so I decided to have the bat's be my "monsters".  You can see how to do it on Tim's site here.  Here's a list of the supplies I used:

Paper:  Tag, Tim Holtz Materialize 8x8 dsp, Ranger Foil Sheets, Cardstock scraps in red (for the blood) and Black (as the backer for my foil)

Embellishments:  Tim Holtz Incantation Word Bands, Tim Holtz Gothic Remnant Rubs, Tim Holtz Wicked Adornments , Tim Holtz Vial Labels, Jute String

Tools:  EK Success Martha Stewert Drippy Goo Punch, Tim Holtz Diamond Plate Embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Bat,  Tim Holtz Caged Bird.  I also used the Sizzix Twist and Style for the wire that I put through the word band and spider.  It was sssooo slick to use. And because of all the staples in the back, I covered it with another piece of Materialize dsp, but since the tag is longer than 8 inches, I used Tim Holtz Materialize Design Tape at the top to cover the bare tag.

Other Stuff:  Tim Holtz Black Soot Paint, Tim Holtz Crayons #3, Tim Holtz Collage Medium-Crazing

I hope you like my tag.  And stop over to Lou Ann's blog and see what she did.  She's our resident teacher for all of the 2016 tags, and she is GOOD, so don't miss out on her take of the technique.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Let's Go For A Ride MOJO458

I haven't done a challenge in months, and with the great inspiration of a card sketch, it's a win - win.  Stop on over to Julee's blog and play along.  When you make your project, be sure to link it to her blog so we can all see it.                        It may not look like a good day for a ride in Northeastern PA where I'm from because of all the heat and no rain, but it looks like a cool ride on this when you're looking at the soft colors of this card.

This is a super easy card to put together.  I used Maja Design Summertime paper. that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!  The Let's Go For A Ride on the banners comes from the bottom strip in the 12 x 12 paper.  Just a little extra touch.  I don't have a banner die, and I didn't want to bend the paper, so i just put a strip in my 1" square punch.  I also don't have an arrow die, so I used two square Spellbinder square dies to cut the arrow, and I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die for the stitching.  I used JustRite's Large Fancy Sentiments for the Just Because.  I used my EZ Runner Grand for the big stuff and my Tombow glue pen for the arrow.    TFL

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Blue Happy Birthday

What's better than making a beautiful Birthday Card?
 Making 4 at one time using my Mini Misti.  I really don't know how a stamped all these years without it.  
This is such an easy card.  The flowers and all sentiments except the Happy Birthday, are from Altenew's Beautiful Day Stamp Set.  I also used their ink Cubes Glacier Caves.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from Sweet n Sassy's Birthday Greetings Stamp Set.  And the black ink was my mini Versafine Onyx Black.   I think that the mini ink pads are so much easier to use than the full sized ones.  I always make such a mess.

And to top it off (or should I say, side it off) I used Penny Black's Border Edges Dies.

Hope you like it!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Discover the Wonder

It's July and time for the Tim Holtz Technique Remix and this month it's featuring Layered Words and Watercolor Resist.  You can click the link to get his tutorial

Luckily, we have Lou Ann!  She is the first to read about his techniques that he is using, and then she shows our group how to do them.  One thing that we stress is NOT to copy his tags, only his techniques.  But we also don't want to copy each other.  And with several of us doing the tags, we really have to dig deep for original tags.  To see them all, check out our Facebook page to see all the tags we did.  I hang out with some really creative crafters.  

We were a little challenged because we only had two sets of block words.  I used the Holiday Words #2 die set for the "WONDER" and the Adventure die set for the "discover the".  

The books are from the Schoolhouse Blueprints Stamp Set. and I used several Distress Ink Pads that I squished on my craft sheet and picked up the color with my Detailer Brush.  Then I applied Distress Glaze over my image,  This sealed my image so I could use my wide water brush  with more ink.  The READ letters are from Tim's Letter Tiles and I used the Tim Holtz Pen Nibs as a bit of a metal embellishment.  As a topper I used three colors of jute.  

Hope you like it, and  TFL!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Strawberry Trifle Recipe Card

 Hi All!   I've got a story to tell about Wednesday night's great class. To start with, anyone who knows me knows that I'm a last minute kinda gal. I don't do it on purpose, but sometimes the old creative juices aren't flowing. So when I told Lou Ann weeks ago that I'd design the recipe card for her Strawberry Trifle, I though easy peasy. Right? Wrong! She emailed me the recipe to put on the card, but I couldn't come up with anything. Until Tuesday, one day before class. I wasn't totally happy with the card, but I sent it to Lou Ann and she liked it, so I was good. Well, I only had a very limited amount of the designer paper, and I had enough for eight. Problem was, Pam does two cards and I do three, two were needed for people that couldn't come and there were four people in class besides Pam and I that were just doing one. 2 + 3 + 3 + 4 does not equal 8. 
It just happened that we got a shipment of the new Maja Design Paper, and I knew that the color of "Summertime" were reds and blues, so I checked out the sheets and THEY HAD STRAWBERRY PAPER! With two hours to go before the class, this is what I came up with. 

It was really simple.  I just blended some Distress Peeled Paint with my blending tool onto a 6X6 piece of white cs.  Then I blended some Distress Walnut Stain Ink .  Don't worry about the middle of the cs.  It's going to be covered with your dsp.

Then I took a 12X12 piece of dsp from Maja Design Summertime collection called Light Scarlet and cut out a piece at 6x6.  Then I cut about a 3X3 square out of the center.  Save that for latter.  

I wet the outside edge and rolled toward the gingham side to get that nice worn look. Next it was time to ink the edges with Distress Walnut Stain.

Then I took a 12X12 piece of dsp from the same collection called Taste the Strawberries.  I cut that into a 6x6 sheet and ripped all the corners.  Remember that our base is 6x6 so we want the red gingham to be smaller and the strawberry paper to be smaller yet.  I would rip some off and then place it into the red gingham to see how it would fit.  You can alway rip more, but you can't put more back on.
 OK!  Remember that 3x3 piece of red gingham?  Well, it's time to use it.  I used my SU punch once for the name on the recipe card, and twice on the gingham.  I also used the round tag hole die and the corner die twice.  I then used the half circle die for the recipe itself.  These cool die are from Elizabeth Crafts Tags & More 3 - Leaves.  It a great set with three corner, four tag hole covers, a die for the top of the tag and some cool leaves.                                                                         

Here's the recipe from the computer

Cut your punched labels & attach to title

To finish cutting my little tag, I just lined up the side die cut with to wire on my Fiskars cutterI don't know what I'd do without that wire to line things up.  

Put your red gingham together and adhere everything.  Put lace through the tag and under the Strawberry paper where it is pulled back.  I had a strawberry stamp and die that I popped up on the bottom of the recipe card.  

And now you've got yourself a recipe card!   YUMMO!

Thanks for stopping by!  


Sunday, February 28, 2016

From the Heart.......

This is a card I did for a recent Designer Spotlight Class at The Craft Shack.  The Spotlight was on Judith and Heather. They are such a talented pair of designers and papercrafters.   I just LOVE their cute stamps.  I can't sell them on-line, but stop in the store and I've got penty.

First, using quick drying dye ink for watercolors, I stamped the small square on a piece of scrap paper and a piece of Neenah Premium 110lb Cardstock. It works great when you're doing alot of inking.

 Next, cut the square from the scrap paper and lay it over the square on you cardstock using my Tim Holtz scissors.  This is called masking.  Stamp the giraffe right over the masked image of the square.  When you remove the mask you have an empty square.  Yipee!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I then used the scrap paper and put it over the cardstock so that only the square was showing.  Then I stamped a bunch of hearts with my Kaleidacolor ink.  Take away the scrap mask and you see that all your hearts are in the square.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I used 3D Crystal Lacquer on the hearts to give them a shiny look.  Then I stamped "from the heart...." with a Judith and Heather Skinny.                                                                                                  

Judith and Heather always color gray around their images to make them stand out. I used my Tombow marker N95

Next, I used my EK Tools Heart Confetti Punch along to right side of a piece of black cardstock.  I then adhered it to a piece of red cardstock.   And.................tada....................

Thanks for looking.   Lisa

Monday, February 22, 2016

Kiss Me Valentine - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - February

It's time for February's Tag.  This month Tim's techniques are Monoprint and Embossed Texture Paste.

Textured Embossing Paste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I started with a #10 tag and applied Tim Holtz Antique Linen Stain  over the entire card.  Then I inked the back of my Tim Holtz  Lace Stencil    with Frayed Burlap Ink. Two similar colors and one great look! Before I did the Textured Emboss I wanted to ink some Fired Brick hearts in opposite corners using Tim's Hearts Stencil and a little dauber.  For the Textured Embossing Paste I used Liquitex Modeling Paste on my TCW  Complicated Hearts Stencil and sprinkled with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. You need to wait until the Modeling Paste dries, then heat set.  If you do it before the paste is dry, you get bubbles.  I may have been a little hasty with mine, but I LOVE the results.  I then used Tim's new stamp set Ponderings with Black Versafine ink. Isn't that a great sentiment?
    It was time to pull out my treasure box of goodies.  I matted the picture of Tim's sweethearts from his Paper Stash/Lost and Found with his dark red Kraft-Core paper.  I wrapped and knotted a bit of twine and glued an Antique Nickel Arrow underneath.  I used the number 14 from the Game Pieces set and attached it on top of a scrap of cheesecloth.  I also used cheesecloth under the KISS word stick.  And I topped it all off with Tim's Crinkle Ribbon colored with  Fired Brick Stain.   

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dumpster Diving for a Valentine Card

Hi All!  Today I'm going to tell you about me recent "Dumpster Dive".   I'm not much at recycling things, so this is pretty new to me.  I was working on doing a couple more February ATC's from Lou Ann's ATC Class and I noticed how cool the cherub looked with the red behind the waste of the Tim Holtz Deco Sheets.  I was going to make 2 more Valentine cards for Keith & Amy and Donnie & Jerika, so I thought I'd try to use them.  I also thought I'd use the little heart that was punched out to make an opening in the shaker part of the card. I used my Signo Uni-ball White Pen to write XOXO and a little curved line to give it some dimension.

I used some old 6x6 Echo Park Valentine paper that had a few more pieces in the pack.  Finally I used my Versa-fine Onyx Black Ink (theVERY best ink for stamping sentiments) and Lawn Fawn's Happy Everything Stamps.  This stamp set has so many occasions, it's a must have.  And I love the font!

Tada!!!!!!  My finished card.  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Let Your Light Shine - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - January

Hi All!  Well, this is my first challenge tag for Tim's 12 tags of 2016 and I'm super excited about it.  Lou Ann (aka Crooked Stamper) thought it would be a great class for the group.  And she was right again.  We all love Tim's style who doesn't love a little inspiration.   For January the challenge are the techniques of Industrious Metal and Chalkboard.                                              I started out with a #10 tag.  When it came to the embossing of  the foil tape, I did it a little differently than Tim.  I didn't want to put a slit in my Riveted Metal embossing folder, and since the metal was only on the ends and not the middle, I attached the foil to scrap cs and ran it thought my embosser.  When it came out, I cut it in the middle and attached it to my tag.  I used Black Soot paint all over the metal, and wiped the excess with a paper towel.  What a great look!   Now I had my "Industrial" look.                                And now, for the "Chalkboard" part of the challenge.  I used a scrap piece of black cs (using up alot of scraps) and my Rays stencil.  With my Ranger Emboss It Dauber I daubed up the stencil, and then sprinkled on Ranger Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder.  I heated it until it become a matte finish and get a kind of gritty feel.  Don't let it get shiny, or it becomes a resist and you don't want that. I rubbed my yellow chalk down to a smooth angle on scrap paper and then rubbed it over my embossed rays.  I rubbed it with my finger and the chalk on the non-embossed area faded, but still had enough left on it to give it that chalkboard look.                     To finish it off I used a vintage lamp cover from Prima's Junkyard collection, I stamped the "Philbric Electic Co." from Tim's Adverts Stamp Set.  I typed the "Let your light shine" on my computer, cut it out, and inked it with Hickory Smoke.  And it's all topped off with a little ribbon from Tim's Metallic Trimmings.
     Thanks for looking!     

Monday, January 18, 2016

Skate Away


      Hi everyone.  This is an ATC card from the first ATC class of 2016 at The Craft Shack.  We are doing one card a month all year and will end up with a tray full of these mini treasures.  And because they are going into a tray and not my ATC album they can have lots of dimension  Lou Ann and I are taking turns designing them and she came up with this month's name.  But I got to make it.
     First, I stamped the woodgrain stamp from MFT "Western Backgrounds"  in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on the red cs.
     I used Tim Holtz  Grungeboard to cut out the skates from  I painted it with Pickett Fence Crackle Paint and let it air dry. I know you can heat it after the crackling starts, but if I have the time I'd rather not.  Rub a little Walnut Stain Ink over it with your finger after the paint dries.  It absolutely looks like old cracked leather.  Use a regular black Sharpie for the heel.and Inka Gold-silver painted on the blades.  Then poke some holes for your twine laces adding a couple Darice tiny rusty bells, and you have yourself a pair of skates.
     Tim's calendar was too big for the card, so I stamped it with Brown StazOn ink onto a 2" wide strip of Shrirky Dink Shrinkable Plastic. I punched it out with a SU tag topper punch.  Make sure you do any punching or piercing for your hole before you shrink your plastic  When they shrink down they get thicker.  You can bake them in your oven, or line a little box with foil and use a heat tool to shrink it down.  I felt like I was 8 again!  (My age, not my size.  Although I'll never see either of those again)  Then I attached it to the card and hooked the twine over it.
     The little snowflakes you see are from the scraps of a Memory Box die that I used for my Christmas cards this year.  There were so many, and it seemed a waste to throw them away.

And that's my card.  Hope you like it.  Make sure to check Lou Ann's blog for the February ATC!  Along with lots of other great inspirations.

Paper:  White, Red & Shimmer White Cardstock, Tim Holtz Grungboard, Shrinky Dink Shrinkable Plastic
Stamps:  MFT "Western Backgrounds"-retired; Tim Holtz Calendar 1
Tools:  SU Tag Topper Punch; Big Shot; Hole Reemer

Monday, January 4, 2016

Live in the Moment

     I did this tag after the fourth color of Tim Holtz's Color of the Month came out, and I used all four.
     Here is a tag that I did for a class several months ago.  It combines Tim Holtz, who I LOVE, with Gabrielle Pollacco, who I also LOVE.
    First I got a Ranger #10 Manilla Tag.  Then, I used Tim Holtz Distress paints in Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon.  I painted them diagonally to look like the sunshine coming through the water.
     I cut out the sand dollars and Sea horse with Tim's Sea and Sand Movers and Shapers dies.  The sand dollar is on off white paper and distressed with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  I didn't want it just floating in the middle of the tag, so I cut it in two and placed it on the bottom and side.  The Sea horse was cut with Tim's Grungboard, painted with Mermaid Lagoon.  On top of that is Tim's Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  I just love how that ages things.  Then I smeared more Walnut Stain ink on it with my finger.  It's so fun to get messy.
     For the stamping I used a SU coral with Abandoned Coral Paint.  I really liked how it turned out, but beware.....clean your stamp right away after using paint!     I stamped the sentiment on another piece of off white paper and cut it with a Spellbinders Deckled Rectange die.   I left the die on the paper and inked it with Fossilized Amber Ink .  It makes a perfect frame.  Next I stamped the net with Gabi's Dandilion Stamps .  And for the bubbles I used Gabi's Texture Stamp Set.  After highlighting with my White Uniball Pen you'd swear the bubbles were raised up from the tag.
     The ribbon was a white sheer and I just sprayed some Fossilized Amber Spray Stain on my Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet and sopped up the ink with the ribbon.  Easy Peasy!

     The best part is that all this stuff is 25% off until January 31, 2016.

Thanks for looking!